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WITH SUPPORT from the Real Jobs Rhode Island initiative, there have been collaborations such as one among Westerly Education Center, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner and businesses across the state. A trainee learns about circuits at the Westerly Education Center in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Real Jobs RI eyed for changes under McKee’s ‘Rhode to Prosperity’...

Real Jobs Rhode Island has been a popular workforce development program since it was launched in 2015 under former Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. Now...
LEGISLATION has been filed in both chambers of the General Assembly that would extend paid family leave from six to 12 weeks, but some business groups have raised concerns. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. business groups worry about effects of extending paid family...

While there is widespread support for bills in the General Assembly that would double the amount of paid family leave offered in Rhode Island...

Bridge closure impact on small businesses: ‘We’re in trouble’

PROVIDENCE – "Depression" and "exasperation" are two words Rick Simone used to describe how affected small businesses are reacting to the closure of the...

The A.I. angst: Businesses, workers grapple with navigating uncharted tech territory

For most of the 10 years she has operated TIB Creative Studio LLC in Providence, graphic designer Theresa Barzyk has relied on a low-tech...
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AI offers R.I. a chance at new revolution

You don’t need to look far to see daily new developments and news around artificial intelligence, from ChatGPT to AI image generators. Rhode Island has...
GOING UP: Michelle Murphy, owner of Roots Hair Salon LLC in Cranston, works on Talias Oakane of ­Cranston. Murphy says she may have to raise the rent she charges her stylists, who recently raised their prices due to the increased cost of products, because her monthly payment to rent the building space for the salon recently increased.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More businesses struggle with their rent payments

When Michelle Murphy renewed her lease recently for a 5,000-square-foot beauty salon she rents in Cranston, there was some bad news that came with...
FULFILLING WORK: Justin Gontarek, owner of Simplicity Print Studio in Warwick, says running his own screen printing and embroidery business may not be as profitable as the work he did previously with larger corporations but it’s more rewarding.
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Keeping it simple paying off for Warwick screen printing and embroidery...

Justin Gontarek’s motto these days is to “keep it simple.” This is also the mentality behind Simplicity Print Studio, his Warwick-based screen printing and embroidery...
ONE OF NUMEROUS surface parking lots in downtown Providence is located next to the Arcade and across from the Industrial Trust Co. Building on Westminister Street. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Many argue lack of downtown parking not the problem it once...

A longtime concern of visitors to downtown Providence – the lack of parking – has become a less-pressing issue as the city is still...
NINA PANDE, executive director at Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, says her organization is launching a Small Business Resource Hub in January. The hub will provide technical assistance to small, disadvantaged businesses. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

New ‘hub’ will support R.I.’s disadvantaged small businesses

PROVIDENCE – A new small-business hub expected to be open by early next year will focus on minority-and women-owned businesses, says Nina Pande, executive...
MASK MANDATES IN RHODE ISLAND are coming to an end, according to Gov. Daniel J. McKee, who held a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, discussing his plans to ease the state's COVID-19 restrictions amid a decline in cases. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

McKee ending R.I. mask mandates for businesses, schools

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Rhode Island is lifting the indoor masking and proof of vaccination mandate on Feb. 11 after it...
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